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Some Close-up Photo's of My Quilt

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

These didn't turn out as well as I would have liked -- but it gives you an idea of what I had in mind as I made the blocks. There were 49 altogether -- all original ideas.







As you can see, they are all different. I did a running quilting line of curves between the blocks to make the quilt more stable, and I did each row with a different pastel color.

I think the block with the red and purple "flowers" is one of my favorites. It's just printed material where I started on the outside and kept working my way in. Kind of like the Chinese Cabbage. All hand stitched and no machine work on this quilt at all.

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 11/24/2012 10:37PM

    They are beautiful! you're so talented!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/4/2012 9:28PM

    So pretty and I know you put some quality time ( tons of it!) into making this beauty!!! Great work!
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ARTJAC 10/31/2012 10:59PM

    emoticon IT MUST HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF HOURS TO MAKE BY HAND WITHOUT ANY MACHINE STITCHING IT IS BEAUTIFUL WILL YOU MAKE ANY MORE?

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4_MY_LIFE 10/31/2012 6:19PM

    Beautiful quilt!

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CATLADY52 10/31/2012 6:08PM

    You certainly show lots of creativity with the quilt. As well as stamina. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/31/2012 12:29PM

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How patient and creative you are, thanks for sharing.

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HEYITSJUDED 10/31/2012 9:52AM

    No machine work at all! Your fingers have got to be tired and skinny after all that work, lol! Very beautiful!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/31/2012 6:56AM

    emoticon and a lot of work
Thanks for the close up pictures
Keep up the good work can't wait for the next quilt pictures
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TRISTAROSE 10/31/2012 5:42AM

    Very creative project. It must have taken you awhile to complete! Love it!



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SUSANBEAMON 10/31/2012 1:33AM

  very nice. good use of preprinted fabric. interesting idea. i like handmade quilts.

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1MANKNEY 10/31/2012 1:18AM

    This was certainly an ambitious project! The quilt must have taken you hours and hours to complete. Is this for your own bed or for a gift? It is lovely. emoticon

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One Word to Show Who You Are.....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

You can copy this and make your own blog -- put in your answers and delete mine. Answer each with just one word -- add to the questions, or delete some, it's your choice!

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone? Somewhere

Spouse? Internet

Your hair? Short

Your mother? Memories

Your father? Laughter

Your favorite thing? Reading

Your dream last night? Scary

Favorite drink? Water

What room are you in? Office

Your hobby? Painting

Your fear? Worms

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive

Where were you last night? Sleeping

Something that you aren't? Patient

Wish list item? Carpeting

Last thing you did? Ate

What are you wearing? Jeans

Your pets? Amber

Friends? Many

Your life? Comfortable

Your mood? Content

Missing someone? Sister

Drinking? Coffee

Your car? Buick

Something you're not wearing? Ring

Your favorite store? Walmart

Your favorite color? Mauve

When is the last time you cried? Weeks

Where do you go over and over? Shopping

Favorite place to eat? Mexican

Favorite place I'd like to be right now? Swimming

  
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ARTJAC 10/31/2012 12:22AM

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HEYITSJUDED 10/30/2012 9:10PM

    good job, this looks hard but I love a challenge! Going to copy right now . emoticon

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SHOES17 10/30/2012 2:56AM

    love it!

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STEELKICKIN 10/29/2012 8:18PM

    These are so cool...I love your answers....looks like we really do have a lot in common. :) What type of painting do you do? Acrylic, oil, watercolor??

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/29/2012 7:45AM

    emoticon blog if time I will do one
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DALID414 10/28/2012 3:46PM

    Your answers were fun. I did mine 10/22.

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If You Think It Won't Matter

Friday, October 26, 2012

emoticon You took one bite of your husband's donut -- you didn't write it on your tracker because it was "just one bite."

emoticon You forgot to weigh in this morning, but the scale was good yesterday, so it probably is still good. Hmmmmm! Positive thinking is great, but only when it's true.

emoticon Friends all ordered pizza for lunch -- you brought your "healthy" lunch, but when they offered you a piece you ate it. One piece couldn't be too bad, could it?

emoticon I meant to walk during my lunch, but got busy with phone calls instead. Now I could go for a walk, but my favorite show is on TV. Skipping once won't hurt.

emoticon As I drank a glass of water while taking my bedtime pills I realized I probably had only drank about 4 glasses of water today. Tomorrow I'll have to do better.

If any of the above sounds like it fits you to a T -- maybe you'd better get out the tape measure and see how things really measure up! Bites count -- even if you don't write them down!

It's very easy to fall into any one of the situations listed above, and maybe one won't hurt you, but if they start to be a habit -- you'll be losing the battle and won't even know why.

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ARTJAC 10/31/2012 12:24AM

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SHOES17 10/30/2012 2:58AM

    Take a day put your bites licks and taste on a side plate and add up the calories! Amazing!! Thanks for the reminder!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/28/2012 1:08PM

    Tell it, sistah!! Oh boy, do I hear ya!! It's just too easy to have that "bite" or "slice" or skip that walk, and slouch on the water intake! This is the story of my life, as I look back in retro spect!! This is why I've been working at this crazy weight loss journey way longer than it should have ever been necessary! Ugh! At least now, I know the why. Just gotta clean up my act and get down to brass tacks!!!
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JACK714 10/28/2012 8:17AM

    Another blog for the diet thinkers. Good thoughts. And True

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DIANER2014 10/28/2012 12:25AM

    Great blog! So true! emoticon

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HIKINGFIT 10/27/2012 1:14PM

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TAZINITE 10/27/2012 11:27AM

    Excellant

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YOYONOMORE1 10/27/2012 9:39AM

    Very good blog and oh so true. Being mindful of everything helps, but even then those little bites or licks can sneak in and sad to say they do add up. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/27/2012 7:22AM

    Sounds like my day yesterday - so back on track
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MEEZERMOM2 10/27/2012 7:17AM

    Truer words never spoken! That's my DH favortie saying, just this once won't hurt or take a day off...They "do" add up! Thanks for remeinding us to be ever vigilant! emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/27/2012 6:05AM

    Yes this is so true .... we must count all BLT's (bites, licks & tastes). If you do, it makes one realize why the scale is not moving in the right direction sometimes. This is something I have to work on everyday. Thanks for a great blog Eve.


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GINNJEN1974 10/27/2012 4:26AM

    Good blog and so true all those little unaccounted fors do add up

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DALID414 10/27/2012 12:25AM

    The bf tells me that all the time!! One bite, you don't have to log one bite, who's gonna know... ME!! I'll know!! I'll only be cheating myself!! And I don't cheat!

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SparkPeople = Happiness!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I bless the day I first found SparkPeople, guess it was back in December 2007. It has helped me in so many ways, not the least of which happens to be losing ~25 pounds. I have learned an enormous amount of facts about food, exercise and general well-being!

I have more friends (although they are "virtual") than I've had in my entire life. Some of them I have gotten so close to we have exchanged personal email addresses. Friendship is a wonderful thing when you are on a journey -- a journey that is going to have it's share of slipping and sliding and sometimes, falling completely off the road. There is always a hand extended from one of those friends to help pull you out of the ditch and get you back on track!

And with all the Teams that are on Spark you are sure to find several that are just the right fit for you. If not -- make your own Team. I've always loved being a "Leader" so it was natural for me to create teams that fit my interests in life. And through them I've met so many really amazing people.

The recipes were the first thing that caught my interest. I've made up a whole cookbook of just Spark recipes. I try them, and if I like them, they go in my book. It's a notebook so more pages can be added easily -- and it's a joy to know that all of them are going to enhance my health.

Who wouldn't love the trackers that are offered on this wonderful site. At a glance you can see just where you made good or bad choices, as you look over the entries you have made for the day as you track your food. Sodium is a sneaky little character, and it's surprising how quickly those grams can add up. Sugar, salt and fat -- it's what we all crave, and what we have to be so careful of in our food plans (did you notice, I don't like the word "diet").

Challenges are fun! Even if it is filling in a city from A-Z, or a food/drink or a serious challenge of losing a certain amount of pounds within a time frame. Exercise your mind, it's a good way to keep Al at bay (that's short for Alzheimer's). This wonderful site is full of goodies for all ages, whether you be male or female. And if you happen to enjoy writing you can blog, each and every day if you like. That's another place the "friends" come in -- they read them and make comments.

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2012 5:24PM

    You are one of the blessings I've found through SPark!! emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 10/25/2012 1:00PM

    Great blog. I too feel blessed to have found Sparkpeople.

Have a wonderful day!

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JACK714 10/25/2012 10:23AM

    I enjoy reading your blogs, my virtual friend.

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DIANER2014 10/25/2012 7:02AM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/25/2012 6:55AM

    emoticon Glad we are emoticon emoticon
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ARTJAC 10/25/2012 1:13AM

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DALID414 10/24/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon too!!

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SHOES17 10/24/2012 9:37PM

    Isn't life wonderful!! When I began this journey I wasn't really excited about documenting my own stats for nutrition and exercise. I knew how important the information was in terms of self assessment over time, but documenting is such a pain.

The assessment tools are wonderful and they generate their own graphs! Plus I have never had a recipe book before Sparks. How exciting! This blog is inspiring! Thanks for reminding me!!!! Woof Woof Amber! emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/24/2012 7:11PM

  Wonderful blog! I did the same thing with my spark recipes, kept them all in a notebook so I could keep adding. There is so much positive reinforcement on here, so many resources. I love it, and I'm glad to have you as a spark friend. emoticon emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 10/24/2012 1:50PM

    emoticon We do not use the word "diet" either. My husband also does not like the term 'I am on a journey" . He says journeys end and this is a life change! I guess I see his point.

I am grateful everyday for spark people! It has helped my husband and I so much! It is nice to have a place that is free that helps everyone from any walk of life to reach there goals and then some!

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GRACEISENUF 10/24/2012 1:49PM

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YOYONOMORE1 10/24/2012 1:20PM

    Very positive blog. I feel blessed to have found this site 5 yrs. ago and I have learned a lot, but there is still more to learn. Have a fit & healthy day.

Hugs,
Shirl
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My Flower Basket Quilt (photo overview)

Sunday, October 21, 2012



This is a photo that was taken when I had it layed out on the floor in the living room, trying to get it pinned into place on the fleece blanket I was using as the backing. I now have it complete and it is quilted and has a hem. So it is finally complete. I thought by taking the photo with it on the floor it would show all 49 squares that it took to make this Queen-Sized quilt.

Happy Sewing!

  
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SHARJOPAUL 10/26/2012 8:21AM

    WOW Beautiful!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/25/2012 5:21PM

    It's beautiful!! A lot of hard work, too!! You are so talented! emoticon

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ROEANDGO 10/24/2012 12:19PM

    Beautiful !! And I know how much work goes into one quilt!! Well done!!

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HEYITSJUDED 10/22/2012 3:52PM

    very pretty, I never learned how to do stuff like that. My grandma tried to teach my sister and I. I wanted to be outside playing, my sister became the seamstress but not so much anymore! I wish i would have paid attention now, that it is too late for her to teach me.

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LYNETTEMOM 10/22/2012 1:14PM

    Wow! What a lot of work. It looks so beautiful--your sister is a lucky lady. I hope you can put up more pics showing smaller pces, indiv blocks

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TINA_LYNN91 10/22/2012 11:21AM

    That is beautiful!!! good luck!

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/22/2012 7:59AM

    emoticon you did good and looks great - now take a close up picture so we can see some of the squares
LOVE IT
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BEWELL48 10/22/2012 7:02AM

    Beautiful! A lot of work indeed! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/22/2012 12:41AM

    I just love your flower basket quilt, too !
Good for you !
How nice for you to have, especially with Winter just around the corner !

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SHOES17 10/21/2012 11:58PM

    Love it!!

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SIARA321 10/21/2012 10:38PM

  Very Beautiful!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/21/2012 10:27PM

    Beautiful!

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GINGER_BEAR 10/21/2012 10:24PM

    Wow, beautiful quilt!

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4_MY_LIFE 10/21/2012 10:24PM

    It is beautiful!

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ARTJAC 10/21/2012 10:21PM

    BEAUTIFUL I HAVE NEVER TRIED QUILTING HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE IT ? emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/21/2012 10:19PM

    That is so pretty and looks like it would be great to have on the bed for winter

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